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The RSPCA Veggie-states. Members’ Crucial Cruelty-free Vote - 26/06/2006
 
Food and beverages served at future RSPCA AGMs will be strictly vegetarian (i.e. vegan). A proposal to this effect was passed on 24 June 2005 at the AGM of the Society in London by 72 votes for, 12 against, and 7 abstentions.
Food and beverages served at future RSPCA AGMs will be strictly vegetarian (i.e. vegan). A proposal to this effect was passed on 24 June 2005 at the AGM of the Society in London by 72 votes for, 12 against, and 7 abstentions.

The motion reads:
“Due to the cruelty surrounding the slaughter of all animals for the food industry, this meeting requests that food which has involved any mental or physical distress to an animal should not be served at future Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Annual General Meetings.”

Eight members from the floor spoke in favour before the vote; none spoke in opposition.

This act and demonstration of the RSPCA’s increasing concern for farm animals and the spirit of self-denial that it connoted sends a powerful message to other organizations professing animal welfare interests and to the food and farming industries and government and consumer agencies. The RSPCA’s members are also expressing discontent with the Society’s own Freedom Foods Scheme and with other systems of approval on meat, milk, eggs, and fish and products derived therefrom.

We understand that the resolution will need final acceptance at a Council meeting in a few days’ time. The RSPCA had already acted at this year’s AGM to simplify the catering by uniting the “vegetarian” and “vegan” streams at lunch into one cruelty-free choice.

This demonstration will be of great support in VEGA’s campaigning and we shall offer the RSPCA every assistance in its implementation. We look forward too to greater involvement by the RSPCA in the issues elaborated in our Green Plan manifesto entitled "A New Kinder Farming" which comprehends the Society’s interests and many others’.  
 
 

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